Enrolling your 3- or 4-year-old in a Chicago Early Learning preschool program is easy and open year-round. Follow these easy steps to get your child enrolled in preschool.
If you have any questions, please reference our FAQ page for more details.
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Narrow it down to your top two picks. Create an online account, fill out family information, and a child application to preschool sites. If your child qualifies for an offer, you will follow next steps verify their placement. If your child remains on a waitlist, stay tuned for more information from the Chicago Early Learning team.
Within two weeks of receiving your offer, bring proof of your family’s income, address, and your child’s birth to one of 12 Family Resource Center sites across the city. Click here for more information about Family Resource Centers. See below for more details about what documents you will provide.
Within two weeks of receiving your offer, bring proof of your family’s income, address, and your child’s birth to your assigned community-based program location. See below for more details about what documents you will provide.
Visit your child’s preschool over the summer or as soon as school starts to complete the enrollment process. The school may have more specific enrollment directions that they will communicate.
When you visit your child’s community-based site to verify your child’s offer, your site will communicate any additional expectations they have to complete the enrollment process.
If you have questions, please call our Chicago Early Learning Hotline: (312) 229-1690 or visit a Family Resource Center near you.
If your child is offered a preliminary preschool placement, you will receive an email with verification instructions.
Follow these three steps to verify your child's placement:
If your child has a seat in a Community-based program, bring your documents directly to the site which your child was assigned.
If your child has a seat in a CPS-based program, bring your documents to a Family Resource Center.
Note: If your family is in a temporary living situation, you are not required to present the documents listed above for verification. All schools must immediately enroll students in temporary living situations even if the student lacks health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, proof of residency, or any other documentation normally required for school enrollment.